Michael Rabiger's books have sold over 100,000 copies and are popular worldwide among filmmakers and film students. Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics is a comprehensive manual that teaches the essentials of filmmaking from the perspective of the director. The hallmark of Rabiger's books is the emphasis on doing. At every stage, concepts are connected with action and hands-on work; every principle is made realizable through the dozens of projects and exercises. Covering the entire process of filmmaking--from developing a story idea to managing a film crew to the technical procedures of film production--this book is a rich resource that filmmakers will turn to again and again through their career. The fifth edition represents a significant update; a new co-author, Mick Hurbis-Cherrier, has been brought on. In response to customer feedback, the book is now streamlined (150 pages shorter) and much more visual, with updated illustrations.